Home Composting Basics

Marcus: My name is Marcus and I’m an extension
educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, I work in Knox and Lincoln County. So the bin size that you actually need is
three by three by three, which gives you one cubic yard of material for the process. That’s
really enough material for most home composting process, for at least a year or for what you’re
going to do during that season. When this bin gets full you can just continually
add into this bin and just fill it to the top. You’ll notice there’s slots in the side
so the air flows into the pile and you get that oxygen you need into the pile we talked
about earlier. Once it’s filled, you can just take this and take it out of the bin and set
it off and let it go through what’s called a curing process. Then after a period of time this is going
to break down into a real fine material and you’re going to be able to add this directly
into your garden. Either vegetable, or perennial gardens, or annual gardens. Another type of bin system that homeowners
really like is just a round piece of wire, this happens to be lobster trap wire. Take
a 12 foot piece of wire and make a circle out of it. The nice thing about this is you
can continually add into it, it confines the material, you can throw your food scraps in
it. It has a barrier so dogs, cats, and so on again, can’t get into it very easily. If you need to turn this, or you need to move
it, the idea is just to lift this whole screen up, set it off to the side, and then you can
actually flip the material back into it and keep using this same system over and over
again. So it’s a real simple system, it’s a really inexpensive system but it allows
the whole principle to occur, with good airflow, good volume and a secure place against vectors.

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